The freshwater slough is without a doubt a very wet habitat.
Even in the dry season, you can find water in the deeper parts of the slough.
Its very name, the freshwater slough (which sounds like slew and rhymes with two) means a deeper body of slow moving water.
So how many sloughs are there in the Everglades?
The answer is two!
Take a look at this photo. It’s a picture of a hiking trail known as the Anhinga Trail, (which crosses over part of Taylor Slough).
You can find many animals in the slough, but the busiest time of the year is during the season with the least amount of rain.
When other habitats are drying up in the Everglades, the slough is an excellent place for animals to visit.
The availability of water in this habitat through the months of December to early April and May, makes it a popular place for park visitors to visit if they wish to spot Everglades wildlife.
Did You Know?
Over fifty-nine color varieties of the Liguus Tree Snail have been seen in and around the Everglades ecosystem. They graze on the algae and lichen that grows on smooth-barked trees. During the dry winter months, they are usually sealed to these trees to conserve moisture.